W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

About the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. Donated by William Young Boyd II.

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2016 Winner(s)

Valley of the Shadow

by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books

"Valley of the Shadow" details the military action that took place in the Shenandoah Valley during the critical year of 1864, when the armies of the North and South met in bitter conflict for control of the valley.   The Shenandoah Valley was the breadbasket for the South and was a constant source of concern to the North, as it was within 100 miles of Washington, D.C. This “back door” to the capitol proved to be great concern in the summer of 1864, when Confederate General Jubal Early led a raid that almost reached Washington before being turned back by Union General Lew Wallace.